John Waters today on what he believes is a liberal bias in the media:
Media ignores the news in pursuit of liberal agenda - Social Affairs & News from Ireland & Abroad | The Irish Times - Fri, May 10, 2013
My opinion is that the Irish media does indeed have a liberal bias, but that liberalism is not so much a conscious ideology but simply reflects the values of a well-educated urban middle-class elite.
Does this skew news reporting? I can't see how it doesn't. News reporting necessarily involves editing some information and discounting the rest. I don't believe anyone can be truly objective. There's lots more to news reporting than simply reporting events. The power of Workers' Party ideologues in RTE in the 70s and 80s has still to be properly analysed. It's unlikely any one group could hijack a news reporting institution again, but given lack of media diversity, I think Waters is right to highlight the danger that dissenting voices in Irish society are being ignored.